Leading Change in Health and Social Careby Vivien Martin
Learning is at the heart of change. This book breaks new ground in exploring the need for individuals to engage in personal change, through learning, as an essential part of achieving significant change in organisations. It explains how to engage with people's energy, enthusiasm and abilities to enable them to think and do things differently.
Providing an overview of leadership theories and a practical guide to management tools and techniques, Leading Change in Health and Social Care is illustrated throughout with examples drawn from health and social care settings. Key topics covered include:
* contemporary models of transformational leadership
* learning as the foundation of personal and organisational change
* systems thinking as a way of understanding change in complex services
* visions of a better future and how to develop them
* values and how they influence our choice of direction
* inspiring ourselves and others to take action.
This is a book for everyone who wants to improve health and social care services and enhance the experience of patients and service users. It assumes no previous knowledge of change management and is appropriate for students, teachers, trainers and professionals.
Description: This paperback is a guide for personal change through learning.
Purpose: Although the aim is to develop enthusiasm for change in healthcare, I believe the book is better regarded as a training manual for leadership and communication.
Audience: The author intends the book for students, teachers, trainers, and professionals who work in or use healthcare, and assumes no previous knowledge of the themes. As the book is a British publication and the author works for the National Health Service, her authority on the subject matter presumably derives from her experience in that country. She was a member of the development team establishing the NHS University ("an initiative in which learning is seen as central to improving the patient experience"), and the Open University Business School, which developed distance learning materials for managers in healthcare.
Features: Although not long, the descriptions of leadership and learning theories are still a bit drawn out. For example, the chapter "Leading Learning" contains subheadings of "learned from evidence," "the nature of evidence," "sufficient...," "authentic...," and "valid evidence" could be a quicker read. References are pertinent, current and sufficient to allow an in-depth study of leadership. Self-reflection exercises to enhance awareness and leadership are presented in each chapter and are appropriate for small groups, as well as individuals.
Assessment: Although intended for all levels, most physicians will want some real-world examples of awareness, learning and leadership changing outcomes (as opposed to citing expert opinion). Medical school graduates who have studied behavior, learning theory, and communication may find it a bit superficial. The focus seems to be on thoughts, not behaviors, that lead to change. The best use of the book may be in the pre-med curriculum as a stimulus to discussion of how society addresses sickness and health.
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